Law of Self Defense Seminar/Webinar: The Syllabus


The Law of Self-Defense Seminar provides a comprehensive fact- and law-based education on the law of self-defense, presented by a nationally recognized legal expert in the field. Rather than a mere presentation of boring legal material, the seminar illustrates how the law of self-defense is applied in real court cases involving real people. In addition, the seminar is structured to engage participants with scenario-driven applications of the legal principles governing the law of self-defense. Participants leave the seminar armed with the legal knowledge and analytical tools necessary to apply the law of self-defense in a practical and actionable way to situations that arise in their daily lives. At most seminars, every participant receives a complimentary copy of “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition.” (Where participants do not receive a copy of the book, they do receive a written summary of the self-defense laws for each jurisdiction covered in the seminar.)

UPDATE: For more scheduling information on upcoming LOSD2 Seminars for this fall, look here:  LOSD2 Seminar Schedule: Fall 2013.  Targeted states for the fall “tour” include Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.  Seminars can also be scheduled separately in other states, as well.  Also, Andrew Branca has been invited to conduct Law of Self Defense Seminars at the SigSauer Academy on a regular basis as a Guest Instructor–keep your eyes open for scheduling details there.

UPDATE #2: Andrew will be conducting LOSD Seminars in the Columbus, OH area the weekend of September 14, 2013.  If you know a group that would like to host an LOSD Seminar


Andrew F. Branca is in his third decade of practicing law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is a nationally recognized expert on the law of self-defense, and has been quoted in this context by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Andrew began his competitive shooting activities as a youth, and today is a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a Master class competitor in multiple divisions in the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA). Andrew has for many years been an NRA-certified firearms instructor in pistol, rifle, and personal protection, and is currently a guest instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy on the law of self-defense. He holds or has held concealed carry permits in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida, Utah, and other states.

Block 1: Introduction (~10 minutes)

Covers why it is essential to know the legal “rules” of the self-defense “game,” both in terms of the statutes and how those statutes are actually applied by the courts in real world cases involving real world people. Also outlines how the seminar will proceed, and what attendees should expect to have accomplished and learned by the end.

Block 2: Criminal Justice Pipeline—What to Expect (~15 minutes; total time ~0:25)

Covers the entire criminal justice pipeline from interacting with the responding officers, through arrest, “your one phone call,” investigation, likely criminal charges and sentences they carry, plea bargaining, pre-trial, trial, jury instructions, verdict, and appeals. Lays out all the pieces of the criminal justice “machine” through which you can be expect to be fed if you uses force in self-defense.

Q&A (~ 5 minutes; total time 30 minutes)

Block 3: The Five Principles of the Law of Self-Defense (~60 minutes; total time ~1:30)


Each of these principles will be illustrated with the actual statutes and court decisions for each state from which attendees have come.

Q&A/Break (~30 minutes; total time ~2:00; Note: this is not actually a single block of time, spread over the course of Block 3)

Block 3: Defense of Others (~10 minutes; total time ~2:10)

The governing legal principles of defense of others will be illustrated with the actual statutes and court decisions for each state to be covered.

Block 4: Defense of Property (~10 minutes; total time ~2:20)

The governing legal principles of defense of property will be illustrated with the actual statutes and court decisions for each state to be covered.

Block 5: After the Fact (~10 minutes; total time ~2:30)

Discusses implications for how conduct after the event can strengthen or undermine your self-defense claim. Also discusses to what extent things you learn about your attacker’s character or reputation after the fact can be introduced into evidence (e.g., your attacker’s reputation for violence).

Block 6: Crafting a Legally-Sound Self-Defense Strategy (~30 minutes; total time ~3:00)

Covers the five key tactics around which to build a legally sound self-defense strategy that enables your lawyer to construct a compelling narrative of innocence to maximize your ability to survive both the physical and legal battles of a defensive force confrontation.

Final Q&A: Open ended


Open mind, notebook and pen (recommended)

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